Treat & Greet 2022
The 12th Annual Polish Village Treat & Greet, October 22nd, was a huge success this year. The weather was sunny and warm, which brought people out in droves. This event is brought to you by the Polish Village non-profit volunteers. The route included over 40 stops to trick-or-treat, from Ridge and Pearl to Ridge and Hamstead. Parma Police, Parma Fire, and Parma UH also participated passing out candy. Twenty-four raffle prizes were awarded to the adults this year, each with a value of $50 or more. Several shop owners dressed in costume also. As did the adults accompanying children. One stop had free coffee for the adults and a chance to rest. Sparky The Dog was seen greeting kids on Ridge Road. One stop had balloons for the kids. So many great costumes!
This event not only attracts families from Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills, but this year brought families from Strongsville, Fairview, East Cleveland, Old Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Brookpark, Cuyahoga Heights and Akron. It introduces the participating businesses to new potential customers. It’s a win-win for adults, kids and the participating businesses.
I personally spoke to three families new to the area that made it a point to not only comment what a great event but how wonderful it was to visit the businesses they didn’t know existed, and plan on returning to. Polish Village has a very walkable business district. In our auto-centric society, we often miss the good things found in our own neighborhoods. Shop small, support local!
Visit the Polish Village Parma Facebook page to view the smiling, happy faces, and the unique and creative costumes. Hope you all had a Happy Halloween.
Board Secretary of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc, or PAFAC, and Artist/Jewlery Designer, Owner Aire of Oppulence.